Michigan State moves up to #11, favored by 14 over Minny after dismantling NW The Enlightened Spartan: Michigan State moves up to #11, favored by 14 over Minny after dismantling NW

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Michigan State moves up to #11, favored by 14 over Minny after dismantling NW

Spartans ARE OFFICIALLY GOING TO INDY for the Big Ten Championship... and so is the ES!

#11 Michigan State is an early 14 point favorite over Minnesota in its season finale - Kickoff is noon; on BTN. Nebraska is favored by 3 at home over Iowa; Ohio State is favored by 12 at Michigan; Northwestern is favored by 3-1/2 at Illinois; and, Indiana is favored by 20-1/2 at home over Purdue. 

And, yes, our Spartans moved up to #11 in the AP Poll

AP Top 25
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Alabama (56)11-01496
2Florida State (4)11-01444
3Ohio State11-01375
4Auburn10-11294
5Missouri10-11202
6Clemson10-11196
7Oklahoma State10-11177
8Stanford9-21002
9Baylor9-1976
10South Carolina9-2960
11Michigan State10-1929
12Oregon9-2731
13Arizona State9-2690
14Wisconsin9-2684
15LSU8-3642
16Fresno State10-0619
17UCF9-1588
18Northern Illinois11-0470
19Texas A&M8-3429
20Oklahoma9-2386
21Louisville10-1383
22UCLA8-3300
23USC9-3262
24Duke9-2135
25Notre Dame8-368
  • Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 24
  • Others receiving votes: Georgia 15, Cincinnati 10, Texas 10, Ole Miss 7, Arizona 6, Nebraska 6, Minnesota 5, East Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1, Vanderbilt 1
COMPLETE DOMINATION

Wow, what a butt-kicking of Northwestern yesterday.  The ES is giving hisself credit:  a 30-6 final; the ES guessed 31-3... nicely done ES!  On offense, the Spartans had career days out of Jeremy Langford on the ground (25-150, 6 yards a pop) and QB Connor Cook through the air (16-24, 293 yards, 0 INTs and 2 TDs).  Just a methodical dissection of the Wildcat defense all day long.

Defensively, MSU manhandled the Wildcats, and gave them a consistently very long field to play on.  While NW managed 19 yards and 319 total yards, the reality is their starting field position was poor for much of the game, thank you to Mike Sadler.  Northwestern gained only 85 total yards in the second half.  Wow.   Darqueze Dennard and Kurtis Drummond played lights-out, total lock down corners all day long for the Spartan secondary.  It was incredible to watch.   You could see NW wear down as the game wore on.  Here are the NW drives for the second half... Nada.


NU       3rd N25  Punt           7-29   3:00
NU       3rd N25  Interception   6-25   1:21
NU       3rd N48  Downs          6-20   2:50
NU       4th N35  Interception   1-0    0:05
NU       4th N16  Punt           3-7    0:56
NU       4th N40  Downs          8-13   2:10
NU       4th N24  Interception   3-1    1:24


Here are the final stats for the game.  Another impressive effort out of the Big Green.

MSUNW
1st Downs2019
3rd down efficiency
4-124-15
4th down efficiency
0-11-3
Total Yards464319
Passing293239
Comp-Att
16-2327-46
Yards per pass
12.75.2
Rushing17180
Rushing Attempts
4026
Yards per rush
4.33.1
Penalties4-302-15
Turnovers03
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
03
Possession31:3928:21

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